Legends of Lost Treasures Pennsylvania (N - P)


Northampton county, Pennsylvania: A band of Tory raiders buried a great deal of plunder in a cave overlooking the Delaware River, about 2 miles N of Easton. There have been no reports of any recovery of this cache.


Northampton county, Pennsylvania: During the Revolutionary War, Hessian soldiers dumped gold-filled cannons into the Delaware River somewhere in the area near Easton



Northumberland county, Pennsylvania: During the Civil War, a family of Southern sympathizers operated a sort-of “information center” from their farm near Shamokin. It is reported that they hid a large amount of money on the property that has never been recovered.


Pike county, Pennsylvania: 1. Legends say that the early Indians knew of a rich silver treasure or mine in a cave located at Shohola Glen. According to the legend, the cave could only be entered from some hidden cranny in the ravine, with a second entrance supposedly in Panther Glen, 1 mile away. It is said the early Indians of this region fought with silver-tipped arrows and silver bullets. A befriended chief took an early settler named Helm blindfolded to the mysterious cave where he reportedly saw piles of crudely mined silver on the floor. Helms spent the rest of his life in search of the treasure cave without success.


Pike county, Pennsylvania: 1. The chief of the Paupacken Indians concealed a large treasure of jewels, beads, gold and silver ornaments, rawhide bags of stone money and a large store of Indian artifacts to keep them from falling into the hands of their enemy, the New York warriors, who eventually drove them from the area. The cache was hidden somewhere in Wallenpaupack Valley near Hawley in the Pocono Mountains.


Pike county, Pennsylvania: 1. On the road from Dingman’s Ferry to Porters Lake SW of Edgemere is an area of some 3,400 acres of wilderness that contained a cluster of settlements built during the Civil War by draft evaders from both the North and the South. Hundreds of men hid out in the swampy river land to avoid military service at this location. It is said that money, jewelry and other valuables were cached in numerous places by these individuals throughout the colony, most of which are said to remain buried in this region.



Potter county, Pennsylvania: The early Indians often went into the woods and came out a few days later with almost pure silver ore in the area of Coudersport. The early white settlers believed the deposit was located in the area about 4 miles SE of Coudersport, but never found the location. In 1894, an Indian from the Cattaraugus Reservation was seen to walk into the woods near the town of Sweden Valley and within a few hours return from the direction of Ice Mountain with 5 pounds of rich silver ore.


Potter county, Pennsylvania: In the 1690’s, a party of Frenchmen led by Louis Frontenac had a number of powder kegs filled with gold coins loaded on rafts and en-route from New Orleans to the Royal Governor in Montreal. Because of Indian hostilities, the gold was buried in the area of Borie and a stone was marked with a cross pointing to the $350,000 treasure cache. The party continued on their trek to Canada and the kegs were never recovered. The French later searched for this hoard, but it was never found. For years, the Seneca Indians mentioned the marked rock in the Borie area, but knew nothing about any treasure cache associated with it and never tried to search for it. Several noted early historians have mentioned this marked rock in their writings.


Potter county, Pennsylvania: Prior to the Civil War, a gang of horse thieves had a hideout in Sandstone Hollow, the first small stream that drains into Pine Creek W of Galeton and another in Thunder Run. Stories of hidden caches made by this gang have circulated in the area for years.


Potter county, Pennsylvania: In the 1870’s, 2 boys explored a cave among the rocks in Sandstone Hollow. They claim that the tunnel or cavern extended from there to Thunder Run, more than ½ mile. On their way through this cave they said they saw many Indian weapons and tools made of flint and bone. There are stories that say jewels resembling real diamonds can be found in Johnson Brook near Galeton.


Potter county, Pennsylvania: A 69-mile-long stretch of road, once known as the Coudersport-Jersey Shore Turnpike is located near Sweden Valley on hwy. 44. The road was an important stagecoach and mail route during the 1800’s where numerous robberies and holdups took place. 1850’s highwaymen and robber Mark McCoy robbed a large number of travelers and settlers along the Turnpike Road and obtained a quantity of gold coins and jewelry. After killing his girlfriend, McCoy committed suicide and only $200 was found on his body. The balance of his accumulated loot, believed to be considerable, remains hidden somewhere in Stewartson Township


ablmu65 ablmu65
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4 Responses Jun 30, 2009


It is out there I am sure. I watched a documentary the other night of the recovery of lost treasures buried by Jesse James. Very Interesting. They also had the ground penetrating radar of which you spoke.

oh man, wouldn't it be nice to not have to worry about a paycheck and research these legends. Pennsylvania alone would keep me busy for a couple of life times. <br />
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List of things I would need.<br />
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Really nice ground penetrating radar set.<br />
Hand held metal detectors (whites a good place to buy)<br />
Mapping computer with GPS program<br />
Submersible (for lake Erie)<br />
1 big boat with a crane.<br />
Good hiking gear<br />
Set of maps dating back at least 150 years<br />
Good set of caving equipment.<br />
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Yeah that should about do it for now.

Sigh. Wouldn't I just love to find a buried treasure! Here's a true personal story to add to your list: I used to own an art gallery. One day a young woman came in and showed me a couple of amazingly beautiful things. An incredibly intricately carved piece of ivory and a very large ruby. "I found a treasure!" she breathed. She wanted to know if I could evaluate these things for her. She had been digging a root cellar on her property when she found a box wrapped in old oiled leather. In the box were a bible, some coins, the ivory, the ruby and other goodies. I put her in touch with an expert at the university, but in the end she opted to keep the treasure and not go public with it. <br />
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Finding buried treasure in this area is not unusual. The area is part of the old gold rush trail to Barkerville. Along this route are several "roadhouses" - inns where the miners could get a meal and a bed. Many of these are still standing. Just north of town was the most infamous of these roadhouses. The woman who ran the place and her boyfriend were pretty nasty people. Many a prospector who stayed there would leave the next morning, then be robbed and killed for his money or gold. Women were taken prisoner and kept chained in the attic, then sold to prospectors. The nasty little business was discovered when one young woman escaped and found her way to the RCMP. Lots of lurid details, including charred skeletons in the attic fireplace. The loot taken from the murdered prospectors was buried all over the place, and every now and then a trove of gold or valuables is discovered. Presumably, this was the origin of the treasure brought into my gallery.